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Flame Skimmer Dragonflies and Having Drunch

Flame Skimmer Dragonfly
Baby Flame Skimmer Dragonfly

I don’t see the orange dragonflies very often, but I saw several flying in the garden yesterday. Love dragonflies. They get rid of the bad bugs in the garden.

I picked my daughter and granddaughter up at the airport yesterday morning and they’d been up since 1 am. So I took my granddaughter home with me to wear her out so my daughter could get some sleep. She did, only Keira fell asleep after 4 hours, and slept for 3 hours after my daughter came to get me for lunch. We were hungry. I hadn’t eaten all day, figuring we’d get lunch. So we got lunch at 3:30, or early dinner, does that make it drunch? You know, like brunch is a late breakfast/early lunch? I think so.

Okay, I’m off to write before we run again.

Have a super day!!!!

Terry

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Shadow and Light

Light was the challenge for Click, Grow, Love this time and I apologize for my collage. The template didn’t quite work out for me. My fault, of course. I’m not sure what I was doing wrong.

I often see a stream of light in the darkness and for me, that’s fun, to see the shadows and sunlight, not just a strictly cloudy day for pictures that do turn out great, but the dappled sunlight and deep shadows can add drama.

The next challenge?

Your Challenge: Capture Your Fave Morning Routine

Ugh. My morning routine is taking the dogs out to go to the bathroom, feeding them, taking them out to go to the bathroom, getting my tea, blogging, then writing. Well, this morning I also was watering my plants and adding a little peroxide to the water fountain to get rid of algae, and food for the birds. Oh, and taking pictures. Yep. First thing. The full moon was still visible, so grabbed some shots of that. I don’t have a pretty breakfast, or kids to take pictures of today, or anything this beautiful. This is the photographer’s vision of morning activities. If I made breakfast, it could be of exploding microwave eggs, or boring oatmeal…

I usually skip it and just have lunch early. I didn’t read the exercise until this morning, and we’ve already done all our first morning activities. I could use yesterday’s photos. I took baby for a walk first thing, which I always do, then we checked out the tomatoes and I took a picture, and I took her to splash in the wading pool, all early morning to avoid the sun. It was already extremely hot and muggy first thing.

One nice thing about the challenges, is you can do them any day, so maybe I’ll do this tomorrow, make some exploding eggs, show what one author’s life is really like! I probably need to put that in a story.

L-R Morvern Shaw, Kate Theres, Lou Glendon (From Louise Glendon, Click, Grow, Love)

On writing, I am still working on the book, and I was thinking of how I need to make this more personal, as far as the bad guys go. I’ve been watching an Australian series where two women are caught up in a bad cops’ drama, and both women have committed crimes themselves, only the one’s was justified. But by watching the show, it reminds me to: make my characters have deeper characterizations–the one woman steals lipstick, even when that can get them caught and they’re on the run from the good cops and the bad cops. She habitually cleans things when they’re on the run, etc.

And the bad guys are bad, but they also have some admirable traits. For instance, the one really rotten cop will kill anyone for money and power, but he doesn’t want to lose his wife and kids, even though the wife is very happy to stab him in the back to keep her father from going to prison. It’s all very twisted, lots of conflict, and you wonder how the women are going to get out of the next bad situation. I like watching something like this to remind me of what I need to do with the current book.

I keep thinking the bad guys in my story need to show up earlier, somehow, and I began to think about the mention of how the hero had been shot 3 times on an earlier PI job. But nothing more about it. He has a bulletproof Humvee because of it. There’s a comment about when he’s grazed by a bullet it’s no big deal. Not unless he has 3 or more bullet holes. So what happened? Who was the attempted murderer? Did he survive? Yes!!! That’s it! The tie-in I need for the one bad guy. He was the shooter.  I didn’t glean this from the show, but it’s been something I’ve been thinking of–just how to show the bad guys earlier. We have two shown early on. And I kept forgetting about the hero having been shot 3 times. That’s why I need to re-read the whole book, jot down loose ends and tie them up.

Okay, I’m off to work on the story. I think I’m going to have to do my morning routine photography challenge tomorrow. See if I can explode some eggs. NOT.

Have a great one!!! And hope your eggs do lots better than mine, if you microwave them!

Terry

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I Took a Walk…Lazy Me

I meant to take a walk every day now that it’s cooler, right? And I’m just as lazy about it as usual. So if I give myself a goal, then I will get myself out the door.

I wanted to donate books to a Ladies’ Christmas party at the rec center, and so I took my camera, even though the books were heavy, but if I don’t take my camera, you know what happens, right? I see the most wondrous sight, and no camera. I dropped off the books and then saw hundreds of butterflies and bees (I exaggerate, which is an author’s prerogative, but truly, there were tons) on the flowers outside the center, and they’re flighty, not sitting still, so what’s new. But you never know when a cool shot will present itself, so I snapped away anyway.

dragonfly-against-bokeh-blue-sky-900The sun was out, so not the best as far as going with the golden hour, but I had to wait for the center to open.  The dragonfly is beautiful anyway.

dragonfly-against-green-backdrop-900-029walk-butterflies-red-flowers-900-008And the gulf fritillary is pretty too among the red flowers.

walk-long-tailed-butterfly-900-004And a long-tailed skipper butterfly.

walk-3-turtles-900-036And three little turtles. I almost didn’t see them, and then I thought they were ducks, maybe, so I took a shot and realized they were turtles. I drew a little closer, but they began to slip into the water.

I’ll share an excerpt tomorrow. I don’t know where the days go to sometimes. Does that happen to you?

Have a great one!

Terry Spear

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Swarm of the Dragonflies

Swarm of the Dragonflies

Swarm of the Dragonflies–like miniature helicopters in flight

With the rain we had yesterday for a good part of the morning and then it stayed cloudy all day, the dragonflies were in a frenzy last night. It was hard to capture them, but you can see a ton of black dots on the clouds, all dragonflies. I couldn’t see them on the camera when I was trying to get a shot, only with the naked eye.

If you click on the image and then click again, you can get the larger picture. How many do you count? That was just a small amount of them. I cropped it because the picture would take too much time to load.

Have a great day! Don’t you think that would make for a cool book title, by the way?

Terry

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Wings of Glass

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Common Whitetail Skimmer–Male

I caught a shot of this dragonfly, but the puppies kept chasing him off, not seeing him, but wondering what I was trying to photograph. Do you see where his wings appear to disappear? They were transparent and the moss covered cement showed right through them.

Blue, blue dragonfly and the praying mantis

Blue, blue dragonfly and the praying mantis

Duel between two large insect predators, both good, but deadly to each other.

Blue, Blue Dragonfly

Blue, Blue Dragonfly–Blue Dasher

Eating aphids on a crepe myrtle bush.

Dragonfly, Brown and Gold

Dragonfly, Brown and Gold–Skimmer Female

On the brown and gold dragonfly, you can see the wood grain through his wings also. I caught this picture of him a couple of years ago.

Dragonfly with fine lines on transparent wings

Dragonfly with fine lines on transparent wings–Skimmer Female

And the brick through this dragonfly’s wings.

I thought this was the same dragonfly as I captured in the shot today. This one was yesterday. But the other has a blue tail. 🙂

Notice the shadow her wings create?

Notice the shadow her wings create?

I love dragonflies, can you tell? They eat the bad bugs, come when I’m watering like little puppy dogs, and are so curious about the puppies and me, they always fly over and check us out.

Have a super great day!

Terry

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It’s a Bug Eat Bug Eat Bug World Out There

Dragonfly Blue

This was one of those times when I took a picture and caught something I didn’t plan to see. I was watering a little and saw the blue or pale green dragonfly. The others I caught before were brown. Except for the really blue, blue butterfly. So I had to get a shot. I ran back in the house, and then began shooting him, took it in the house, and cropped it and here he is preying on the aphids, but see another beneficial bug ready to prey on him?

I hope the dragonfly flew away. They’re both good bugs. I don’t want them eating each other! When I came back to turn off the water, both were gone. So I’m going to assume they both lived happily ever after.

And are still voraciously eating the bad bugs. This is the picture of the praying mantis in Charlotte. I had said I didn’t think I’d ever seen one in my yard before. Well, I still hadn’t, if I hadn’t taken this macro shot of the dragonfly.

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dragonfly brown and gold

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It truly is a very buggy world out here. Although, the population of yellow jackets is very small now. That’s because of THE BIRDS.

5 Wine Glasses!

22615448Title: Her Highland Hero
Author: Terry Spear
Format: ebook
Published: June 30th 2014 by Smashwords Edition
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | ARe
Source: Author
Reviewer: Linda
Rating: 5/5

“Oh, how she loved the braw Highlander, his boldness as he’d regard her with his discerning gaze, and how she wished he’d touch her with his hands in the same places and not with just his eyes.” 

HER HIGHLAND HERO by Terry Spear is an incredible Scottish romance laced with intrigue, suspense and danger with a very satisfying ending that left me positively beaming. I literally could not put this book down once I started it;  I stayed up well past my bedtime finishing it but it was well worth it!  It was PERFECT!  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!  HER HIGHLAND HERO is the sixth book in Terry’s The Highlanders series;  however, as with all of Terry’s books, even though there are interconnected characters, each book can be fully enjoyed as a standalone.   Even though not necessary, I highly recommend reading every book in this series as they are all fantastic.

And here is the latest finished bear: Morrison Clan Bear

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TGIF!!

Are you doing anything fun? I’m shipping bears and books and then trying to get caught up on writing. 🙂

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Dragonflies in Flight & the Dinner Out–the New Art of Conversation

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When I water, the dragonflies come buzzing around. But even when I don’t, they do. They must be really smart, unlike birds, and know that when I’m out, I might just be getting ready to water. The birds can’t figure out that if I’m out there, I might be bringing them food or water. Maybe that’s where they come up with the term bird brain? It is hard, well, for me, to catch a dragonfly in flight. They fly very fast, but I had fun capturing these images!

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I took some more pictures of the sunflowers. I love them. They remind me of my dad who had planted them so many years ago and once they are gone, I won’t see them for another year. I particularly loved this one, stretching out.

 

And a picture is worth a million words, don’t you think?

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Dinner Out–The Art of Conversation

🙂

And yes, while this was going on…I took the picture. 🙂

Okay, I’m back to writing. I only reached 11,000. I was working on setting up a Facebook party for next week for Her Highland Hero Release with some other Highland romance authors. After that, I’ll be doing a Hero of a Highland Wolf one, so stay tuned! And I contracted a narrator who is actually Scottish to do the narration for Her Highland Hero, so excited about that. 🙂

Back to writing!

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